new measures It is also installed before the cameras start rolling to minimize bullying and trolling on social media.
Love Island contestants are cut off from the world because they film a reality dating show, but in the past they were allowed to let their loved ones run their social media accounts.
However, ahead of the start of the latest season, ITV announced that the practice had been scrapped and was in fact outright banned.
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For the first time in the show’s 18-year history, Islanders will have to disable their social media accounts entirely.
In explaining the decision, the broadcaster said it hoped the account would be “dormant” and not post anything on people’s behalf so it could avoid the “negative effects of social media.”
Until now, Islanders didn’t have access to their accounts, but family and friends ran them, interacting with viewers and inviting fans to vote for their favorites.
However, in some cases, this targeted not only the contestants, but their families as well.
One of this season’s contestants has already expressed support for the ban, with Tanya Manhenga stating “all in favor”.
A 22-year-old biomedical student daily mail She wasn’t convinced at first, but she realized the benefits of having her Instagram profile suspended while she was working on TV.
I thought, “Is this a good thing or a bad thing?” But I’ve seen it in the light that obviously trolls can’t be stopped,” she said.
“If you’re going to reduce the potential amount of trolls you’re getting, I’m all for that.”
What other measures are being taken?
As part of ITV’s new duty of care measures for 2023, it was also revealed that contestants will receive “guidance and training” on “mutually respectful behavior in relationships.”
That said, after the latest season aired last summer, thousands of complaints were filed with broadcast watchdog Ofcom, Most complained about the 2022 show By the end of the year the numbers were shattered.
A feature of the previous season, Islanders will also continue to receive “Comprehensive Language” training covering disability, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and microaggressions.
These conversations will be chaired by Leon Mann MBE, founder of the Black Collective of Media in Sport (Bcoms) and others.
Before entering the villa, Islanders would also have seen a video of the show’s Executive Producer and Head of Welfare coming forward and interviewing former Islanders about their experiences on the show.
This included the two-week period before the show started, how to deal with being filmed 24/7, interacting with producers at the villa, supporting families, and being open to social media trolling. Includes details on coping and adaptation. live off the show.
Dr. Paul Litchfield, one of Love Island’s duty of care teams, said:
“This culture of continuous improvement allows islanders to benefit from the experience of being on one of the UK’s most popular TV shows.”
New islanders introduced earlier this week include a TV salesman, an airport security officer, a farmer and a financial advisor.
Love Island will be released on ITV2 and ITVX on Monday, January 16th at 9pm.
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